Three weeks into our current caravan trip, and we arrived today in the town of Paeroa. Imagine my delight when I spotted a sign above “Patches and Cream” quilt shop. Oh goody – as soon as we are organised on site with our caravan, you can be sure I’ll be back to check out the shop. I didn’t even know that there was a quilt shop in Paeroa!
The caravan was soon put on site, legs wound down, plugged into power, and it was time for lunch. We checked out where the facilities were, for future use, including the ever important laundry room. Then we took the short drive downtown, looking for that quilt shop sign. Mmm, the shop should be around here somewhere, I thought to myself. But although I walked up and down the street, it was nowhere to be seen. So I crossed the road, and soon found that sign. But underneath the sign, the shop was long gone, taken over by a sports shop, it seemed. What a shame – no quilty fabric fix for me today.
Although Paeroa doesn’t have a quilt shop any more, it does have a claim to fame - home to the “world famous in New Zealand” Lemon and Paeroa drink, known by everyone as L & P. It all started with an underground spring of mineral water and by 1907 commercial bottling was started, with the addition of lemon flavouring. This product remains an iconic Kiwi soft drink to this day, and visitors to the town like to stop and have their photo taken with the “Big Bottle” standing proudly at Ohinemuri Park. As we did, with help from a friendly young Mum who agreed to take our photo for us.